#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Files removed to facilitate judicial appointments

Monday, May 25, 2009

Files removed to facilitate judicial appointments

The raid by the interim regime on the Fiji Law Society office and the promulgation of a new Decree means those lawyers who were under investigation by the Society for breaches, are likely to gladly accept appointments to the judiciary without any fear of repercussions from the Society.

Sources say the regime raided the Law Society office because it was frustrated at its inability to appoint lawyers to the High Court bench, as well as magistrates.

The regime has so appointed 10 magistrates and four judges, including Chief Justice Anthony Gates, who was named last Friday. The judiciary has remained closed since April the 10th when the Constitution was abrogated.

Early this week, Coupfourpointfive reported Society President Dorsami Naidu was being pressured by some prominent lawyers to reach a compromise with the interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and allow lawyers to accept appointments to the judiciary.

Naidu refused to buckle to pressure from lawyers like Dr Mohammed Samshu Din Sahu Khan, Ba lawyer Adish Narayan - who was hired by the regime to fight several court challenges on its behalf before April the 10th - and Lautoka lawyers, Ikbal Khan and Haroon Ali Shah.

It's understood the lawyers wanted Naidu and the Law Society Council to agree that lawyers take the oath of judicial office under the New Legal Order. But Naidu and the Society’s Council were resolute in their stand that lawyers, who are Society members, can only accept judicial appointments if the 1997 Constitution is re-instated.

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